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Smallholding Management Diploma

Level 3 / ABC Awards / ODL93

This Quality Assured Level 3 Diploma course is aimed at those with an interest in running a smallholding, either in an employment capacity, or simply for pleasure, or to live a self-sufficient lifestyle.

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course duration: 200 hrs

study type: online

Course Description

The course will provide students with a sound understanding of all aspects involved with managing your own small hold, ranging from designing the build right through to marketing your service. Materials can be studied online or students have the option to have the printed materials delivered for an additional charge of £65.

Course Content

Module 1 - Introduction to Smallholding Management

This first unit of the Diploma in Smallholding Management course will introduce you to the concept of running a smallholding, or of achieving self-sufficiency. The unit will provide you with the foundation knowledge required for further studies related to running a smallholding, and will help you to clarify your aims. It covers the following:

    * Clarifying your aims - why do you want to run a smallholding? What do you hope to achieve? Do you want to make a profit or are you looking for a sustainable self sufficient lifestyle?
    * Finding suitable land and property, and assessing it to make sure it meets your needs
    * Making plans for your land - livestock or crops? What do you hope to do with it?
    * Business planning and raising finance for purchase

Module 2 - Building design

Unit 1 gives a general introduction to finding a suitable smallholding, and this unit continues on from there to work with plans for buildings on your smallholding.

It looks at the following:

    * Conversion of existing buildings
    * Dealing with rules and regulations such as planning permission
    * The design of suitable new buildings for a variety of uses, including the types of building materials that can be used, together with their advantages and disadvantages.

Module 3 - Livestock selection and Management Part 1

There are many types of animal that could be kept on a smallholding, depending on land type, restrictions in place, size of area etc, as well as personal choice. This unit introduces the topic and covers:

    * The selection of suitable species, taking into consideration space, time, effort and cost
    * Keeping poultry
    * Keeping other small animals, such as bees
    * The health and veterinary attention required by livestock

Module 4 - Livestock selection and Management Part 2

The subject of choosing suitable livestock and the keeping of animals is so large that it has been divided into two parts. This second part continues on from module 3, and covers the following:

    * Keeping sheep
    * Keeping pigs
    * Keeping cattle
    * Keeping horses
    * Other species, such as goats and alpacas

Module 5 - Grassland Management

The maintenance of land is extremely important, particularly if livestock are being kept in a relatively small area. This unit looks at the subject of grassland management, according to the types of species of animals being kept.

The following topics are covered:

    *Assessing soil type
    * Preparing and fertilizing ground
    * Removal of weeds
    * Maintenance of grazing
    * The importance of timing when carrying out certain tasks associated with land management

Module 6 - Machinery and Equipment

Although small scale farming may not require as much in the way of equipment and machinery as a large scale farm, some machinery and equipment will be required in order to run the smallholding effectively. This unit covers the following:

    * Working out what you will need
    * Manual tools versus powered machinery
    * Choosing suitable machinery
    * Maintenance of machinery

Module 7 - Growing Vegetables, Fruit and Flowers

This unit looks at the concept of a 'market garden' and introduces you to the growing of various plants on a smallholding. By the end of your study on this section you will have been introduced to the following topics:

    * Choosing suitable crops according to land type
    * The importance of rotation of crops
    * Planting and sowing, and the work involved
    * Increasing yields
    * Allowing the public in to 'pick your own' and the implications of this

Module 8 - Financial Management

Even if your smallholding is not expected to make a profit, effective smallholding management requires sound financial management in order to be successful.

The following topics are discussed in this unit:

    * Bookkeeping and maintaining financial records
    * Grants that are available
    * Budgeting and financial forecasting

Module 9 - Marketing and General Management

Following on from the previous unit, this section looks at the importance of good management of a small business enterprise or successful self-sufficient unit, and also covers the important legal issues that need to be complied with. It covers the following:

    * Commercial production of produce versus self-sufficiency
    * Selling your produce
    * Dealing with paperwork
    * Health and Safety issues and how to comply
    * Employment of labour on a smallholding

Module 10 - Ethical and Environmental Issues

This final unit of the course examines the various environmental impacts of farming on a small scale, and looks at the legislations affecting this type of activity. You will be introduced to the following topics.

    * The disposal of waste from farming activity
    * Organic methods of farming
    * The impact on the environment and how to reduce or minimise negative impact Keeping up with changes in legislation relating to environmental issues

Modules

Module 1 - Introduction to Smallholding Management
Module 2 - Building design
Module 3 - Livestock selection and Management Part 1
Module 4 - Livestock selection and Management Part 2
Module 5 - Grassland Management
Module 6 - Machinery and Equipment
Module 7 - Growing Vegetables, Fruit and Flowers
Module 8 - Financial Management
Module 9 - Marketing and General Management
Module 10 - Ethical and Environmental Issues

Previous Knowledge

No previous knowledge or experience is essential to study this course.

Assessment

Final online multiple choice examination counts for 100% of the final grade. Throughout the course there are ten SAPs (coursework) and a thesis. The course clearly states that this is not mandatory to complete as it has no bearing on the final grade. We do suggest that students complete these as this will not only assist them in examination preparation but also will give the student the skill set should they wish to continue their studies (continuous professional development) at a higher level.

Awarding Organisation

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course). 

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. 

The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

 The course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning College to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

Support

12 Months Tutor Support. Tutors are available to answer student questions relating to course materials and to comment on the assignments that are sent in to state how well students have understood the unit content.

course description

Course Description

The course will provide students with a sound understanding of all aspects involved with managing your own small hold, ranging from designing the build right through to marketing your service. Materials can be studied online or students have the option to have the printed materials delivered for an additional charge of £65.

Course Content

Module 1 - Introduction to Smallholding Management

This first unit of the Diploma in Smallholding Management course will introduce you to the concept of running a smallholding, or of achieving self-sufficiency. The unit will provide you with the foundation knowledge required for further studies related to running a smallholding, and will help you to clarify your aims. It covers the following:

    * Clarifying your aims - why do you want to run a smallholding? What do you hope to achieve? Do you want to make a profit or are you looking for a sustainable self sufficient lifestyle?
    * Finding suitable land and property, and assessing it to make sure it meets your needs
    * Making plans for your land - livestock or crops? What do you hope to do with it?
    * Business planning and raising finance for purchase

Module 2 - Building design

Unit 1 gives a general introduction to finding a suitable smallholding, and this unit continues on from there to work with plans for buildings on your smallholding.

It looks at the following:

    * Conversion of existing buildings
    * Dealing with rules and regulations such as planning permission
    * The design of suitable new buildings for a variety of uses, including the types of building materials that can be used, together with their advantages and disadvantages.

Module 3 - Livestock selection and Management Part 1

There are many types of animal that could be kept on a smallholding, depending on land type, restrictions in place, size of area etc, as well as personal choice. This unit introduces the topic and covers:

    * The selection of suitable species, taking into consideration space, time, effort and cost
    * Keeping poultry
    * Keeping other small animals, such as bees
    * The health and veterinary attention required by livestock

Module 4 - Livestock selection and Management Part 2

The subject of choosing suitable livestock and the keeping of animals is so large that it has been divided into two parts. This second part continues on from module 3, and covers the following:

    * Keeping sheep
    * Keeping pigs
    * Keeping cattle
    * Keeping horses
    * Other species, such as goats and alpacas

Module 5 - Grassland Management

The maintenance of land is extremely important, particularly if livestock are being kept in a relatively small area. This unit looks at the subject of grassland management, according to the types of species of animals being kept.

The following topics are covered:

    *Assessing soil type
    * Preparing and fertilizing ground
    * Removal of weeds
    * Maintenance of grazing
    * The importance of timing when carrying out certain tasks associated with land management

Module 6 - Machinery and Equipment

Although small scale farming may not require as much in the way of equipment and machinery as a large scale farm, some machinery and equipment will be required in order to run the smallholding effectively. This unit covers the following:

    * Working out what you will need
    * Manual tools versus powered machinery
    * Choosing suitable machinery
    * Maintenance of machinery

Module 7 - Growing Vegetables, Fruit and Flowers

This unit looks at the concept of a 'market garden' and introduces you to the growing of various plants on a smallholding. By the end of your study on this section you will have been introduced to the following topics:

    * Choosing suitable crops according to land type
    * The importance of rotation of crops
    * Planting and sowing, and the work involved
    * Increasing yields
    * Allowing the public in to 'pick your own' and the implications of this

Module 8 - Financial Management

Even if your smallholding is not expected to make a profit, effective smallholding management requires sound financial management in order to be successful.

The following topics are discussed in this unit:

    * Bookkeeping and maintaining financial records
    * Grants that are available
    * Budgeting and financial forecasting

Module 9 - Marketing and General Management

Following on from the previous unit, this section looks at the importance of good management of a small business enterprise or successful self-sufficient unit, and also covers the important legal issues that need to be complied with. It covers the following:

    * Commercial production of produce versus self-sufficiency
    * Selling your produce
    * Dealing with paperwork
    * Health and Safety issues and how to comply
    * Employment of labour on a smallholding

Module 10 - Ethical and Environmental Issues

This final unit of the course examines the various environmental impacts of farming on a small scale, and looks at the legislations affecting this type of activity. You will be introduced to the following topics.

    * The disposal of waste from farming activity
    * Organic methods of farming
    * The impact on the environment and how to reduce or minimise negative impact Keeping up with changes in legislation relating to environmental issues

previous knowledge required

Previous Knowledge

No previous knowledge or experience is essential to study this course.

assessment

Assessment

Final online multiple choice examination counts for 100% of the final grade. Throughout the course there are ten SAPs (coursework) and a thesis. The course clearly states that this is not mandatory to complete as it has no bearing on the final grade. We do suggest that students complete these as this will not only assist them in examination preparation but also will give the student the skill set should they wish to continue their studies (continuous professional development) at a higher level.

support

Support

12 Months Tutor Support. Tutors are available to answer student questions relating to course materials and to comment on the assignments that are sent in to state how well students have understood the unit content.

modules

Modules

Module 1 - Introduction to Smallholding Management
Module 2 - Building design
Module 3 - Livestock selection and Management Part 1
Module 4 - Livestock selection and Management Part 2
Module 5 - Grassland Management
Module 6 - Machinery and Equipment
Module 7 - Growing Vegetables, Fruit and Flowers
Module 8 - Financial Management
Module 9 - Marketing and General Management
Module 10 - Ethical and Environmental Issues

awarding organisation

Awarding Organisation

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course). 

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. 

The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

 The course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning College to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.